A noticeboard in Gravesend is worth sharing (click to enlarge):
Meanwhile after four or five days of long periods of driving I have become far too closely acquainted with the condition of our road system. Inadequate would be a summary – both in capacity and surface. Outside the motorways and dual carriageways the incidence of potholes is remarkable and often they are unavoidable because you cannot spot them as you come round the bend or the lorry coming the other way makes avoiding action impossible, or sometimes just because it is dark.
And so it came to pass that doing the mandatory 30 mph or so, I heard a loud bang and seemed to lose steering control. On stopping I saw that I’d had a blowout – but there was no sign of any obvious cause. When I tried to remove the tyre I couldn’t – because it seemed to have something wedged in it. When breakdown help arrived we were able to establish that a front coil spring had sheared and in breaking had plunged itself into the sidewall of the front tyre. Freak accident or what? Oh no, said the breakdown man, it’s quite common these days – since they stopped repairing the roads.
So £330 and six hours later I resumed my journey. My individual price of austerity was timewasting and painful but of course much less than for many others. Still, surely this sort of thing happens to Conservatives too? Or are they unable to link cause and effect? Perhaps they just smile serenely and think that they are enduring the inconveniences for the good of the country? I wish I knew.